Founders

Julie Das

Founder & Project Director

Julie Das has worked in several social educational projects to support the most marginalised communities with education, livelihood and skills training.

Born and brought up in Paris, she studied business administration and worked in MarCom for a few years in Munich, Germany. In 2001, she moved to Kuala Lumpur with her husband and her 3 month old daughter, where she worked as an educator and counsellor in an international school. From 2009 to 2012, she relocated to Kolkata, India where she joined forces with the educational organisation Balo. Their mission is to provide free education, medical care and nutritious food to 270 underprivileged children in a slum. She worked as a volunteer teacher, fundraiser and since then has been responsible for the entire South East Asia region.

Between 2012 to 2017, she continued teaching children and young adults, began a yoga teacher training course and gained deeper knowledge of alternative medicine in Kuala Lumpur. Whilst doing this she volunteered for numerous social projects with Myanmarese refugee communities, supporting them with events planning and fundraising. Furthermore, she opened a responsible travel agency that supports social projects in various countries.

In 2017, she moved to Yangon, Myanmar where she worked as a social worker and volunteered as a PR Adviser to Linkage, a socially responsible restaurant that supports street children. She further volunteered to be the MarCom Adviser to Shwe Sa Bwe Gourmet, a restaurant that supports marginalised Myanmar youth by offering vocational skills training programs.

In 2019, she moved back to Kuala Lumpur and continued to fundraise, develop new projects and organise events for various refugee learning centres. In March 2020, the global pandemic severely impacted the refugee communities, leaving them with no source of income- unable to feed their families, pay rent and cover medical needs.

From there, Greater Action was born! She quickly gathered a team of dedicated volunteers and focused on responding to the rising urgent needs of several refugee groups.

Dr. Shazwan Sahabudeen

Co-Founder & Healthcare Advisor

Dr. Shazwan Sahabudeen completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine from a private university in Malaysia and was attached to Selayang Hospital. He then accomplished a Doctorate of Business Administration from IBSS in Denmark and is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Management.

Having owned and run multiple businesses ever since medical school, Dr. Shazwan has explored and ventured into various industries. He was awarded The Most Prominent Leader award in 2016.

With his many years of experience, Dr. Shazwan founded EduLife Academy in 2018 with a mission to create awareness on wellness, comprising health and wealth whilst focusing on personal development. EduLife Academy then partnered with The Edge of Fitness in 2019 to launch the popular program called MedFit, an integration of medicine and fitness which created a wholesome program that inspire people to not only look and feel good but also instil habits of healthy living. This charity-based program with it’s unique “Pay If You Wish” system was the first of its kind in Malaysia driven with a vision that everyone should have access to the right medical advice and physical training they truly deserve.

Naturally a warm and compassionate person, Dr. Shazwan thrives into assisting the families under Greater Action with medical emergencies, maternity care, mental health, surgical procedures and diagnostic imaging. In total as to date, there are over 500 families from Malaysia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Iran and Sri Lanka under his wing.

Kindness and knowledge are meant to be given without reservations and Dr. Shazwan stands by his belief:

“Don’t Just Live. Leave A Legacy”.